The Christchurch to Little River Rail Trail is a cycleway and walkway that mostly follows the route of an old 19th century railway line between Hornby and Little River via Prebbleton, Lincoln, Motukarara and Birdlings Flat. The Rail Trail takes you through a changing landscape that has seen a thousand years of human history. It passes through rural areas and settlements on the Canterbury Plains, skirts past the massive flanks of the ancient volcanoes which make up Banks Peninsula, and hugs the shoreline of a vast lagoon, Te Waihora or Lake Ellesmere, and its smaller twin, Te Roto o Wairewa or Lake Forsyth. The lakes and associated rivers and wetlands are rich in wildlife and natural vegetation.

Little River Rail Trail

"Lyttelton Review" Reviews the Rail Trail

Check out Page 4 of the Lyttelton Review for information on our NEW Trail brochure!


Christchurch Southern Motorway Update

With the commencing construction of the Christchurch Southern Motorway extension there is likely to be some impact to the Trail along Marshs Road.

There is tree felling underway so we urge you to take care when using the Trail at this section.

As we learn more, we will update here.